The Indonesia Army has received an order of eight new AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters.
The US Government approved the sale of the multi-role combat helicopters to Indonesia in August 2013 as part of an approximately $500m deal under the foreign military sales programme.
In September 2012, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of a possible sale of eight AH-64D Apache Block III Longbow attack helicopters.
At that time, the deal was valued at $1.42bn and included four APG-78 Longbow fire control radars and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support.
Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu was quoted by The Jakarta Post as saying: “Each helicopter is worth $41m. This helicopter is a technologically advanced primary defence weapon system.
“We hope these helicopters can strengthen the work of the Indonesian Army, which has a huge responsibility in safeguarding the sovereignty of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia, especially on land.”
The Apache helicopters will be used to defend Indonesia’s borders, conduct counterterrorism and counter-piracy operations, and control the free flow of shipping through the Strait of Malacca. The Indonesia Army is expected to fly the AH-64Es together with the Russian-built Mil Mi-35 helicopters.
Developed by Boeing, the first AH-64E Apache attack helicopters arrived in the country in late 2017, reported IHS Jane.